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Common Pottery Terms

Pottery refers to the process of making ceramic household items, like dinnerware, as well as more luxurious items, like teapots and vases, out of clay. Clay is a natural material found in the earth that contains a good deal of water moisture. While still wet, the clay resembles mud and in this stage can be shaped using a variety of pottery tools. Once the shape is complete, the clay will be fired in a kiln, which removes all moisture and allows the clay to become hard. Making pottery is a very involved process and some of the terms are listed below.

  • Ceramics – This word comes from the Greek keramikos which translates to of pottery. Earthenware clays were the earliest type of ceramics, but this group also includes stoneware, porcelain and bone china. Ceramics classes are often taught at art centers, giving beginners and intermediate students an outlet to make their own pieces of ceramic artwork out of clay.
  • Porcelain – A type of ceramic mix that is white. Porcelain is often used to make fine dinnerware and tea services like teapots. The finished product is usually adorned with paint.
  • Potters Wheel – A common pottery tool that is used to shape objects. The clay is placed in the center and then spun around while it is being shaped by hand. This process is also called throwing.
  • Potter's Mark – The term used for the stamp, or mark, that an artist gives their product. It is usually a unique symbol limited to a particular artist or pottery house. Outlet stores usually sell a particular mark.
  • Glaze – A special type of paint that is used for ceramics to give them a brilliant sheen of color. The glaze has to be applied after the clay has been fired in the kiln.
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    Artistic Expressions
    Prattville, AL 36067
    We are a "Painted by You" pottery studio. Over 300 pieces to choose and over 100 color choices. Our staff is here to help you as much as you need. Personalize home decor, souvenirs, cups and other gifts.
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    (334) 365-8990
    User Review: "We had a great time. The staff was very helpful. Can't wait to get our pottery back and make something else!"
    Imagine Clay Studio
    210 41st Street South, Birmingham, AL 35222
    Imagine Clay Studio offers "Clay & Cocktails Workshops' socially creative, themed clay workshops. Selected Tuesday, Friday & Saturday Evenings. Classes in Wheel Thrown Pottery.
    (205) 706-8308
    Cottage Hill Pottery & Clayworks
    621 Clayton St, Montgomery, AL 36104
    (334) 241-7100
    Paint and Clay
    66 Dalraida Rd, Montgomery, AL 36109
    (334) 819-4450
    Artistic Expressions
    2481 Pinnacle Way, Prattville, AL 36066
    (334) 285-7878
    Creekside Pottery
    163 E Main St, Prattville, AL 36067
    (334) 358-7774
    Boggs Pottery
    1585 Highway 31 N, Prattville, AL 36067
    (334) 365-4500
    Eclectic Pottery
    8228 Kowaliga Rd, Eclectic, AL 36024
    (334) 857-3545
    Red Hill Cottage & Cafe
    4068 Red Hill Rd, Tallassee, AL 36078
    (334) 857-3987
    American Cookware Online Store and More
    629 Meriweather Dr, Calera, AL 35040
    (205) 567-7668
    Fiskars Consumer Products Co Pottery Division
    404 Fox Run Ave, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 741-4116
    Toluca Pottery & Things
    11728 Chelsea Rd, Chelsea, AL 35043
    (205) 678-3768
    Old Time Pottery
    3001 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
    (205) 663-4700
    Myers Plants & Pottery
    2935 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124
    (205) 663-6597
    Lewis-Smith Supply
    100 N Ouida St, Enterprise, AL 36330
    (334) 347-2744

    Pottery can include a wide variety of products such as handmade bowls, ceramic plates, vases, teapots, and stoneware. Some of the earliest known pieces of pottery were figurines and bowls. Today many potters focus on dinnerware, dishes, plates, and vases that combine artistic shaping techniques with decorative colors. Not all potters make their dinnerware, stoneware, and porcelain vases with the same techniques. Some, for instance, only make handmade items. They shape the clay objects by hand on a wheel, add a glaze, and then fire it in a hot kiln. Other companies use mechanized processes to create their products. These pieces of pottery tend to cost less than those made by hand, but many people prefer plates, dishes, and accessories made by highly trained artisans. Many stores also focus on different types of pottery products. Gardening stores for instance, will usually have clay pots, but very few of them will keep antique vases and dishes in stock. Instead, consumers should find antique stores that focus on platters, teapots, vases, and other decorative items that have been discontinued. You can learn more about the pottery companies and artisans that work in your area by using a popular search engine to find their websites. Many professional potters invite customers to come to their studios, where they can watch ceramics being made by hand with a turntable and kiln. This gives individuals and groups the opportunity to learn more about making these products and gives them access to unique designs that they cannot buy anywhere else.
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